Cheerleader with Down Syndrome bringing joy to the community

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx — Sophie, 14, has Down syndrome, but she never let it get in her way.

Imelda Jorgensen, Sophie’s cheer coach, says she’s an angel: “Sophie is a delight, it was exciting to see the girls immediately welcoming her and being part of the group. She’s silly and she’s funny .”

Sophie is like any other college girl, living her life while proving doubters wrong. According to her sponsor Imelda Jorgensen, although it may take Sophie a while to learn new cheers, she is always up for the challenge to improve.

“I think she brings a better understanding that students with Down syndrome can learn and do anything that other students can do. Sometimes it takes her a little longer, and sometimes it doesn’t. continued,” said cheer sponsor Imelda Jorgensen.

And let me tell you, trying to learn joy isn’t the easiest thing to do, but KRIS 6 News presenter Javier Guerra tried.

According to her parents, things weren’t always easy, but there was no goal that Sophie couldn’t achieve.

“Children with disabilities are able and capable of doing a lot of things, and you can’t limit them,” said Edith Rojas, Sophie’s mother.

“Everything she thinks about, she goes there and achieves,” said Epitacio Elizondo, Sophie’s father.

Not only does Sophie cheer, but she is also part of Chicas Rock and loves music.

Her parents say that since she was a little girl, Sophie has taken on challenges but has always stood out.

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